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Issue 36: Urban Artillery

Photo: Josh Sisk, License: N/A

Josh Sisk

Nether, Carol Ott, and Tefcon


In this week's cover story Baynard Woods looks at the unlikely team of a street artist and an Republican mother who are trying to confront the slumlords crippling Baltimore's neighborhoods.

In City Folk, Danielle Sweeney tells the fascinating story of Vicki McComas, who was once in a movie called Dead Strippers but turned down John Waters because she didn't want to get on a pogo stick with no clothes on.

In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson Jr. chronicles the rocky relationship between the potential new owners of the Westside health center BBH and the group, and Van Smith reports on the strange case of blackmailing at Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region. Because of the holiday, Murder Ink appears only online this week.

In the arts, Bret MCabe reviews From Ashe to Amen at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Rebecca Scott Lord reviews James Bouche's show at the Springsteen Gallery, and Jessica Bryce Young reviews a novel about a pedophile teacher in Florida. Jenn Ladd interviews the makers of Austenland and J.M. Giordano reviews a new flick about the photography of Jamel Shabazz in film, while in music Brandon Weigel talks with No Age about their new album and their show at Floristree, and Al Shipley tells us what's up with dance music.

In Eats and Drinks, Evan Serpick wonders what the glittery Che Guevara on the wall of the Cuban Revolution might make of the stale chips and bland soups (not to mention his own bedazzled state and the portrait of JFK also on the wall), and Gabi Moskowitz returns with Brokeass Gourmet.

In the columns, Mr. Wrong wants to buy City Paper and if that isn't possible, he wants you to buy it, while Jim Meyer's Spitballin' gets deeply into Super Art Fight.

In the Baltimore City Power Rankings Air Pollution and Noise Pollution both had an up week, along with Doug Gansler. The for-sale status of City Paper has us cautiously optimistic and we are down on Towson University's cheerleaders.

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